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The Case Against Reality

36 ratings

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Can we trust our senses to tell us the truth? Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work. Ever since Homo sapiens has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease. The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more ¬ďattractive¬Ē body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, The Case Against Reality dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 by Donald Hoffman. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Out of the Doghouse

9 ratings

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It's all about cheating - the biggest threat to intimacy. Typically, men are good at creating rifts in relationships but terrible at mending them, especially after they've repeatedly betrayed their partner through sexual infidelity. For the most part, cheating men are both intimacy-challenged and empathy-challenged, and, as such, they lack the skills needed to overcome the damage wrought by their infidelity. Robert Weiss has spent over 20 years in the treatment of sex and intimacy issues. He's helped both cheating men and their betrayed spouses move through the horrors of infidelity. In Out of the Doghouse he shares his expertise, illuminating the ways in which men can move beyond their usual feeble efforts to smooth things over. Saying "I'm sorry" and trying to "buy forgiveness" with flowers and jewelry may temporarily calm the stormy seas of infidelity. However, these actions do nothing to re-establish intimacy and trust - the key components to help the distraught woman feel better about her relationship over the long-term and get over the cheating. The simple truth is, men and women are very different when it comes to intimacy and relationships. While men are able to compartmentalize things like sexual infidelity, women typically view cheating as an affront to their entire relationship. They think, "If he is lying to me about sex, he's probably lying to me about everything." For betrayed women, trust just flat-out disintegrates. And without proper guidance, men have little hope of restoring it. Weiss provides exactly the needed guidance in Out of the Doghouse, helping men move past the usual infidelity roadblocks that result from cheating in ways that will not only save a damaged relationship, but restore intimacy to make it better than ever.

©2017 Robert Weiss (P)2018 Tantor

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The Effective Executive

128 ratings

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A commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker's timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins. What makes an effective executive? For decades Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers" (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management - the executive. The measure of the executive, Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done". This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results. Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can - and must - be mastered: Managing time Choosing what to contribute to the organization Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect Setting the right priorities Knitting all of them together with effective decision making Ranging across the annals of business and government, Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

©2017 Peter F. Drucker (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Blood Magic: The Complete Series

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It’s a case she can’t refuse. Spell-slinger. Vampire-slayer. Magical albino ferret-rescuer. Meet Jacqueline Denna Knight, the best wizard detective in the city. Jax turns vampires to ash and pain into magic. She also has a knack for finding things. So, when a distraught - and obscenely wealthy - elf calls Jax at midnight to hire her for an intriguing job, she grabs the opportunity with both hands. But what Jax doesn’t know is that this case is going to unravel her life. She’ll get tangled up with a host of intriguing characters, most of whom are not who they appear to be. As Jax speeds down a path toward the most powerful vampire clan in the country, she’ll have to put everything on the line.  Will she be able to use her unique brand of magic to save the Realm? A breakneck-paced mix of urban fantasy, irreverent humor, and detective noir. Fans of The Dresden Files and Jessica Jones will burn through this brand-new, addictive urban fantasy series, now available in a six-book complete series set! Get it now. This complete box set collection of the Blood Magic series contains the following books: The HighFire Crown (Book one) The Dream Drinker (Book two) The Witch Hunter (Book three) The Ember Isles (Book four) The Chaos Jar (Book five) The New Dawn Throne (Book six)

©2018 Muonic Press Inc (P)2020 Muonic Press Inc

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Heart of Flames

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Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders in this fiery sequel to Crown of Feathers, which number one New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake calls "absolutely unforgettable!" You are a daughter of queens. The world is balanced on the edge of a knife, and war is almost certain between the empire and the Phoenix Riders. Like Nefyra before you, your life will be a trial by fire. Veronyka finally got her wish to join the Riders, but while she’s supposed to be in training, all she really wants to do is fly out to defend the villages of Pyra from the advancing empire. Tristan has been promoted to Master Rider, but he has very different ideas about the best way to protect their people than his father, the commander. Sev has been sent to spy on the empire, but maintaining his cover may force him to fight on the wrong side of the war. And Veronyka’s sister, Val, is determined to regain the empire she lost - even if it means inciting the war herself. Such is your inheritance. A name. A legacy. An empire in ruin. As tensions reach a boiling point, the characters all find themselves drawn together into a fight that will shape the course of the empire - and determine the future of the Phoenix Riders. Each must decide how far they’re willing to go - and what they’re willing to lose in the process. I pray you are able to pass through the flames.

©2020 Nicki Pau Preto (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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The Princess Game

1 rating

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There are no happy endings for the Princesses of Chaminade High in this short, twisty tale of teenage murder games by the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series. The victims are the most popular girls in school, each murdered and arranged in a grim fairy-tale tableau. To find the killer, rookie detective Callum Pederson has gone undercover where the Princes hold court. He’s found enough secrets among the bros to bring them in for questioning - but he could very well get lost in the games the Princes play. The Princess Game is part of Faraway, a collection of retold fairy tales that take the happily-ever-after in daring new directions. Whether read or listened to in one sitting, prepare to be charmed, moved, enlightened, and frightened all over again.

©2020 Soman Chainani (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Out of the Silence

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A personal story of survival, hope, and spiritual awakening in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

It’s the unfathomable modern legend that has become a testament to the resilience of the human spirit: the 1972 Andes plane crash and the Uruguayan rugby teammates who suffered seventy-two days among the dead and dying. It was a harrowing test of endurance on a snowbound cordillera that ended in a miraculous rescue. Now comes the unflinching and emotional true story by one of the men who found his way home. 

Four decades after the tragedy, a climber discovered survivor Eduardo Strauch¬ís wallet near the memorialized crash site and returned it to him. It was a gesture that compelled Strauch to finally ¬ďbreak the silence of the mountains.¬Ē¬†

In this revelatory and rewarding memoir, Strauch withholds nothing as he reveals the truth behind the life-changing events that challenged him physically and tested him spiritually, but would never destroy him. In revisiting the horror story we thought we knew, Strauch shares the lessons gleaned from far outside the realm of rational learning: how surviving on the mountain, in the face of its fierce, unforgiving power and desolate beauty, forever altered his perception of love, friendship, death, fear, loss, and hope.

©2012 by Eduardo Strauch Urioste, Mireya Soriano. Translation © 2019 by Jennie Erikson. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Boombustology

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Now in its second edition, Boombustology is an authoritative, up-to-date guide on the history of booms, busts, and financial cycles. Engaging and accessible, this popular audiobook helps investors, policymakers, and analysts navigate the radical uncertainty that plagues today's uncertain investing and economic environment. Author Vikram Mansharamani, an experienced global equity investor and prominent Harvard University lecturer, presents his multi-disciplinary framework for identifying financial bubbles before they burst. Moving beyond the typical view of booms and busts as primarily economic occurrences, this innovative audiobook offers a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes microeconomic, macroeconomic, psychological, political, and biological lenses to spot unsustainable dynamics. It gives the listener insights into the dynamics that cause soaring financial markets to crash. Cases studies range from the 17th-century Dutch tulip mania to the more recent US housing collapse. The numerous cross-currents driving today's markets - trade wars, inverted yield curves, currency wars, economic slowdowns, dangerous debt dynamics, populism, nationalism, as well as the general uncertainties in the global economy - demand that investors, policymakers, and analysts be on the lookout for a forthcoming recession, market correction, or worse.

©2019 Vikram Mansharamani (P)2019 Gildan Media

Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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Value Investing (Second Edition)

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Beat the market with the tips and techniques from the best value investors in the world. The classic, seminal work in the field Value Investing has been updated in a new second edition to include the latest trends and a close look at some of the emerging investors who continue in the value investing tradition of Ben Graham and Warren Buffett. Featuring an exploration of the history of value investing and those who brought this investment approach to the fore, you will also discover the real-world techniques you can use to propel your own portfolio using a sound, proven approach to discovering value. In the modern era, investors are increasingly caught up in so-called hot tips, can't-miss start-ups, excessive optimism, and short-term speculation. Value investing is the antithesis to these short-sighted approaches and stresses what Ben Graham - the father of value investing - referred to as the "margin of safety" when describing the gap between an equity's price and its value. Value Investing, Second Edition is your guide to implementing value investing principles in your own portfolio, complete with a look at the approaches used by the best value investors past and present.

©2020 Bruce C. Greenwald and Judd Kahn (P)2020 Gildan Media

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One Vote Away

5 ratings

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With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg¬ís sudden passing, control of the Supreme Court ¬ó and with it the fate of the Constitution ¬ó has become the deciding issue for many voters in the 2020 presidential election. And the stakes could not be higher. With a simple majority on the Supreme Court, the left will have the power to curtail or even abolish the freedoms that have made our country a beacon to the world. We are one vote away from losing the Republic that the Founders handed down to us. Our most precious constitutional rights hang by a thread. Senator Ted Cruz has spent his entire career on the front line of the war to protect our constitutional rights. And as a Supreme Court clerk, solicitor general of Texas, and private litigator, he played a key role in some of the most important legal cases of the past two decades. In One Vote Away, you will discover how often the high court decisions that affect your life have been decided by just one vote. One vote preserves your right to speak freely, to bear arms, and to exercise your faith. One vote will determine whether your children enjoy their full inheritance as American citizens. God may endow us with ¬ďcertain unalienable rights,¬Ē but whether we enjoy them depends on nine judges ¬ó the ¬ďpriests of the robe¬Ē who have the last say in our system of government. Drawing back the curtain of their temple, Senator Cruz reveals the struggles, arguments, and strife that have shaped the fate of those rights. No one who listens to One Vote Away can ever again take a single seat on the Supreme Court for granted.

©2020 Rafael Edward Cruz (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Ted Cruz
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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The Lavender Scare

Summary

In Cold War America, Senator Joseph McCarthy enjoyed tremendous support in the fight against what he called atheistic communism. But that support stemmed less from his wild charges about communists than his more substantiated charges that "sex perverts" had infiltrated government agencies. Although now remembered as an attack on suspected disloyalty, McCarthyism introduced "moral values" into the American political arsenal. Warning of a spreading homosexual menace, McCarthy and his Republican allies learned how to win votes. Winner of three book awards, The Lavender Scare masterfully traces the origins of contemporary sexual politics to Cold War hysteria over national security. Drawing on newly declassified documents and interviews with former government officials, historian David Johnson chronicles how the myth that homosexuals threatened national security determined government policy for decades, ruined thousands of lives, and pushed many to suicide. As Johnson shows, this myth not only outlived McCarthy but, by the 1960s, helped launch a new civil rights struggle.

©2004 David K. Johnson (P)2019 Tantor

Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Mastery

28 ratings

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Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, best-selling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life. In Mastery, you'll discover: The five essential keys to mastery Tools for mastery How to master your athletic potential The three personality types that are obstacles to mastery How to avoid pitfalls along the path And more

©1991 George Leonard (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
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Fields of Wrath

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Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County's vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California's most prominent and powerful families. Fighting to stay on the path of the righteous while confronting evil at every turn, Father Chavez finds himself in a battle of good versus evil, with the souls of hundreds hanging in the balance.

©2015 Mark Wheaton (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Author: Mark Wheaton
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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The Power to Bless

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Blessed people flourish by a power that transcends human talent or hard work - a mystical grace empowers them to be joyful and fruitful. But does it ever feel like others are blessed while you're stuck? With honesty and warmth, Alan Wright shares his inspiring journey from craving blessing to living the blessed life. The absence of his father's affirmation left him struggling for years with symptoms of the unblessed life: shame, pretense, and drift. But when he grasped the most powerful blessing in the Old Testament - the mysterious, ancient blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh - he learned how to receive blessing and how to bless the lives of his loved ones. And you can too. With biblical insight and practical wisdom, The Power to Bless shows you how to craft a positive, faith-filled blessing. By learning a few simple, biblical skills for imparting life-changing blessings, you'll be more spiritually blessed than you'd ever imagined, and you'll be equipped with the power to bless the people you love.

©2021 Alan Wright (P)2021 eChristian

Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety

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For many, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has proved to be a tipping point, a treatment through which they are finally able to make significant changes and break free of anxiety and depression.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is an interactive audio workbook that outlines a simple, practical plan that occurs over the course of seven weeks, and offers real, tangible relief from anxiety and depression. This is a cumulative workbook - the work you do each week builds upon that of the last and, ultimately, creates a lasting CBT tool kit that will prepare you to handle future challenges as they come. In his private practice, licensed psychologist Dr. Seth Gillihan specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety and depression. He concentrates on the specific needs of each patient by using the evidence-based, solution-focused treatment principles of CBT - the fundamentals of which are at the core of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks you will become familiar with the basic principles of CBT and understand how it works, define specific goals that you'll work toward over the course of seven weeks, and learn fundamental CBT skills through guided writing exercises that apply to your current, real-life challenges. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks is the most comprehensive yet efficient workbook available for using CBT to address anxiety and depression. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Seth J. Gillihan, PhD (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
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The Corporation

16 ratings

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A fascinating, cinematic, multi-generational history of the Cuban mob in the US from "America's top chronicler of organized crime" and New York Times best-selling author of Havana Nocturne. By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation", the Cuban mob's power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Florida's exile community - those who had been chased from the island by Castro's revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation. An epic story of gangsters, drugs, violence, sex, and murder rooted in the streets, The Corporation reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hit men, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building. T. J. English interweaves the voices of insiders speaking openly for the first time with a trove of investigative material he has gathered over many decades to tell the story of this successful criminal enterprise, setting it against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity that makes it one of the great American gangster stories that has been overlooked - until now. Drawing on the detailed reporting and impressive volume of evidence that drive his best-selling works, English offers a riveting, in-depth look at this powerful and sordid crime organization and its hold in the US.

©2018 T. J. English (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
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Wages of Sin

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Not a day goes by that Father Luis Chavez isn't haunted by the cold-blooded slaying of his brother, Nicolas. But as the years pass and the case remains unsolved, there looks to be no end to his torment. When Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Story discovers a possible link between a murdered prosecutor and Nicolas's death several years before, the priest investigates, uncovering an international money-laundering scheme tying American banks to Mexican cartels. Finding himself the target of a brutal cartel hit squad, Father Chavez heads to Mexico, where he unearths a long-buried secret that pushes his faith to the breaking point. As he fights to stop a seemingly endless cycle of killing, Father Chavez closes in on his brother's murderer, learning that sometimes the most incipient evil is found closest to home.

©2017 Mark Wheaton (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Mark Wheaton
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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Forever Is the Worst Long Time

2 ratings

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From acclaimed author Camille Pag√°n comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss. When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa "Lou" Bell, he's sure he's just found the love of his life. There's just one problem: she's engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire. As the years pass, James's dreams always seem just out of reach - he can't finish that novel, can't mend his relationship with his father, can't fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can't move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou's once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort. When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking - and miraculous - than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.

©2017 Camille Pagán (P)2016 Brilliance Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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How to Save a Life

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The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love? Dom is having a very bad day - one he literally can't escape. When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn't seen in almost a decade, he believes they've been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she's alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate. Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he's forced to confront the truth about himself and those he's closest to, Dom vows that he'll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

©2020 Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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The Power of Experiments

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How organizations - including Google, StubHub, Airbnb, and Facebook - learn from experiments in a data-driven world. Have you logged into Facebook recently? Searched for something on Google? Chosen a movie on Netflix? If so, you've probably been an unwitting participant in a variety of experiments - also known as randomized controlled trials - designed to test the impact of different online experiences. Once an esoteric tool for academic research, the randomized controlled trial has gone mainstream. No tech company worth its salt (or its share price) would dare make major changes to its platform without first running experiments to understand how they would influence user behavior. In this book, Michael Luca and Max Bazerman explain the importance of experiments for decision making in a data-driven world. Luca and Bazerman describe the central role experiments play in the tech sector, drawing lessons and best practices from the experiences of such companies as StubHub, Alibaba, and Uber. Successful experiments can save companies money - eBay, for example, discovered how to cut $50 million from its yearly advertising budget - or bring to light something previously ignored, as when Airbnb was forced to confront rampant discrimination by its hosts. Moving beyond tech, Luca and Bazerman consider experimenting for the social good - different ways that govenments are using experiments to influence or "nudge" behavior ranging from voter apathy to school absenteeism. Experiments, they argue, are part of any leader's toolkit. With this book, readers can become part of ¬ďthe experimental revolution."

©2020 Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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The Decision Book

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Most of us face the same questions every day: What do I want? How can I get it? How can I live more happily and work more efficiently?   Whether you're a chronic second-guesser or just eager for new ways to look at your world, Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler will teach you how to improve your understanding of the dilemmas you face and how to make better decisions every day.  Taught in MBA courses and elsewhere, The Decision Book contains classics like the Swiss cheese model for reviewing mistakes and the personal performance model for testing whether or not to switch jobs.  This revised edition includes a model for identifying cognitive biases and the expectation model to help you choose a life partner. The Decision Book is the perfect reference to consult at any crossroads.

¬©2017 Kein & Aber AG Z√ľrich - Berlin; English translation copyright 2017 by Jenny Piening (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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The Laws of Trading

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Trading books generally break down into two categories: the ones which claim to teach you how to make money trading, and the memoir-style books recounting scandals and bad behavior. But the former don't have profitable trades to teach; if they did, they'd keep those trades to themselves. And the latter are frequently entertaining, but they don't leave you with much you can apply in your own life. The Laws of Trading is different. All of our relationships and decisions involve trading at some level. This is a book about decision-making through the lens of a professional prop trader. For years, behavioral and cognitive scientists have shown us how human decision-making is flawed and biased. But how do you learn to avoid these problems in day-to-day decisions where you have to react in real-time? What are the important things to think about and to act on? The world needs a book by a prop trader who has lived, breathed, and taught trading for a living, drawing upon years of insights on the trading floor in real markets, good and bad, whether going sideways, crashing, or bubbling over. If you can master the decision-making skills needed to profitably trade in modern markets, you can master decision-making in all walks of life. This audiobook will teach you exactly those skills.

©2019 Agustin Lebron (P)2019 Gildan Media

Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Competition Demystified

2 ratings

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Bruce Greenwald, one of the nation's leading business professors, presents a new and simplified approach to strategy that cuts through much of the fog that has surrounded the subject. Based on his hugely popular course at Columbia Business School, Greenwald and his co-author, Judd Kahn, offer an easy-to-follow method for understanding the competitive structure of your industry and developing an appropriate strategy for your specific position.    Over the last two decades, the conventional approach to strategy has become frustratingly complex. It's easy to get lost in a sophisticated model of your competitors, suppliers, buyers, substitutes, and other players while losing sight of the big question: Are there barriers to entry that allow you to do things that other firms cannot?

©2005 Bruce Greenwald and Judd Kahn (P)2018 Tantor

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Return of the God Hypothesis

Summary

The¬†New York Times¬†best-selling author of¬†Darwin¬ís Doubt¬†and¬†Intelligent Design¬†scholar presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology.¬† Beginning in the late 19th century, many intellectuals began to insist that scientific knowledge conflicts with traditional theistic belief - that science and belief in God are ¬ďat war¬Ē. Philosopher of science Stephen Meyer challenges this view by examining three scientific discoveries with decidedly theistic implications. Building on the case for the intelligent design of life that he developed in Signature in the Cell and Darwin¬ís Doubt, Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in cosmology and physics coupled with those in biology help to establish the identity of the designing intelligence behind life and the universe.¬† Meyer argues that theism - with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator - best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins. Previously Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about ¬ďwho¬Ē might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. In so doing, he reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind - but the existence of a personal God.¬† Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.¬† PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.¬†

©2021 Stephen C. Meyer (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
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Without Precedent

Summary

How much would you give up to get justice for your family?

Matthew Daley is a Manhattan corporate lawyer at the top of his game. As the first defense attorney on call to get pharmaceutical companies out of trouble, Matt is rising in the judicial system exactly as he planned. Until his sister dies of a heroin overdose.

Now, torn between conscience and career, the newly minted law partner faces a critical choice: defend the very companies that manufactured the addictive drugs, or give up his fiancée and his hard-won dream job to fight for justice in his sister’s name.

Returning to his blue-collar hometown with a ragtag band of law-school misfits by his side, Matt squares off against a team of New York corporate attorneys in a high-stakes courtroom battle. If he wins, the case could have national implications, bringing down the multibillion-dollar Big Pharma industry. If he loses, he’ll become collateral damage in the greatest fall of his career and his life.

©2019 J. D. Trafford (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Everybody Lies

137 ratings

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Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveal about ourselves and our world - provided we ask the right questions. By the end of an average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable. Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender, and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn't vote for Barack Obama because he's black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives, and who's more self-conscious about sex, men or women? Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential - revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we're afraid to ask that might be essential to our health - both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data every day, and its influence is multiplying. Everybody Lies challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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American Exceptionalism and American Innocence

3 ratings

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Did the U.S. really ¬ďsave the world¬Ē in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?¬† American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we¬íre told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century¬ís worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet. Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong detail just what Captain America¬ís shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.

©2019 Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Foreword © 2019 by Ajamu Baraka. Afterword © 2019 by Glen Ford.

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Everything We Left Behind

1 rating

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From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man's two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost. Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he's been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She's married and has a child of her own. Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he's determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

©2017 Kerry Lonsdale Inc. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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The Nine-Tailed Fox

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Three American GIs have gone missing in different South Korean cities. Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, agents for the Army CID, link the disappearances to a woman locally rumored to be a gumiho, a legendary 9000-tailed fox disguised as a woman. George suspects that the woman is no mythical creature, but a wealthy kidnapper who's good at covering her tracks. Scrambling to stay one step ahead of a psychotic mastermind, George realizes he will have to risk his life to discover the whereabouts of his fellow countrymen.

©2017 Martin Limon (P)2017 Recorded Books

Author: Martin Limon
Length: 7 hrs
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El Jefe

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The definitive account of the rise and fall of the ultimate narco, "El Chapo", from the New York Times reporter whose coverage of his trial went viral. Joaquin ¬ďEl Chapo¬Ē Guzman is the most legendary of Mexican narcos. As leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, he was one of the most dangerous men in the world. His fearless climb to power, his brutality, his charm, his taste for luxury, his penchant for disguise, his multiple dramatic prison escapes, his unlikely encounters with Sean Penn - all of these burnished the image of the world's most famous outlaw.¬† He was finally captured by US and Mexican law enforcement in a daring operation years in the making.¬†Here is that entire epic story - from El Chapo's humble origins to his conviction in a Brooklyn courthouse. Longtime New York Times criminal justice reporter Alan Feuer's coverage of his trial was some of the most riveting journalism of recent years. Feuer¬ís mastery of the complex facts of the case, his unparalleled access to confidential sources in law enforcement, and his powerful understanding of disturbing larger themes - what this one man's life says about drugs, walls, class, money, Mexico, and the United States - will ensure that El Jefe is the one audiobook to listen to about ¬ďEl Chapo.¬Ē¬† A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books¬† "Fans of Don Winslow¬ís fiction and Mark Bowden¬ís nonfiction alike will be eager to read Feuer¬ís blood-spattered tale." (Kirkus)

©2020 Alan Feuer (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Author: Alan Feuer
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Be Amazing or Go Home

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Want to amaze your customers, impress the people you work with, and outshine your competition? Going from average to amazing isn't an out-of-reach goal. In fact, amazement is a habit that anyone can master - and Shep Hyken knows the tricks to making it your own. In Be Amazing or Go Home, Shep shares the secrets behind making his motto "Always Be Amazing!" an everyday lifestyle and shows how you too can become exceptional in business and in life. Drawing on the routines of incredible people, Shep demonstrates simple practices that can elevate your game, including: Showing up ready to amazing Being proactive Craving feedback Taking responsibility Embracing authenticity Focusing on excellence Turning misery into magic Once you master these habits, you'll be able to create trust, build stronger relationships, make sales, advance your career, and more. Now is the time to step out of the ordinary and step into amazing.

©2017 Shep Hyken (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Shep Hyken
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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Alburquerque

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From the best-selling author of Bless Me, Ultima, the absorbing story of an adopted Mexican-American boxing champion's quest for identity. Abr√°n Gonz√°lez always knew he was different. Called a coyote because of his fair skin, the kid from Barelas found escape through boxing and became one of the youngest Golden Gloves champs. But the arrival of a letter from a dying woman turns his entire life into a lie. The revelation that he was adopted makes him feel like an orphan and sends him on a quest to find his birth father. With the help of his girlfriend, Lucinda, and Joe, a Vietnam veteran, Abr√°n begins a journey that hurls him from the barrio into a world of greed and political corruption spearheaded by Abr√°n's manager, Frank Dominic, a con artist running for mayor with visions of building El Dorado on the Rio Grande. Rich in spirituality, and taking its title from the original spelling of the city's name, Alburquerque casts a light on the importance of ancestry while cutting across class and ethnic lines to tell a story of hope and displacement, love and regret, and the power of identity.

©1992 Rudolfo Anaya (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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The Line

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The Korean Demilitarized Zone, 1970s: A battered corpse is found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea. When Eighth Army CID Agents George Sueno and Ernie Bascom are ordered by superiors to pull the body to the South Korean side, they have no idea of the international conflict the action will spark.  Before war breaks out, they must discover who killed Corporal Noh Jong-bae, a young Korean civilian augmented to the US Army who had few enemies. But the murderer could be from either side of the DMZ, and if it turns out to be North Korea, how can two US military agents interrogate witnesses?  What George and Ernie discover gets them pulled off the case, but they continue to look into Corporal Noh's death against orders, fearing they've put the wrong man behind bars.

©2018 Martin Limon (P)2018 Recorded Books

Author: Martin Limon
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Darwin Devolves

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The scientist who has been dubbed the ¬ďFather of Intelligent Design¬Ē and author of the groundbreaking book Darwin¬ís Black Box contends that recent scientific discoveries further disprove Darwinism and strengthen the case for an intelligent creator. In his controversial best-seller Darwin¬ís Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe challenged Darwin¬ís theory of evolution, arguing that science itself has proven that intelligent design is a better explanation for the origin of life. In Darwin Devolves, Behe advances his argument, presenting new research that offers a startling reconsideration of how Darwin¬ís mechanism works, weakening the theory¬ís validity even more.¬† A system of natural selection acting on random mutation, evolution can help make something look and act differently. But evolution never creates something organically. Behe contends that Darwinism actually works by a process of devolution - damaging cells in DNA in order to create something new at the lowest biological levels. This is important, he makes clear, because it shows the Darwinian process cannot explain the creation of life itself. ¬ďA process that so easily tears down sophisticated machinery is not one which will build complex, functional systems,¬Ē he writes. In addition to disputing the methodology of Darwinism and how it conflicts with the concept of creation, Behe reveals that what makes intelligent design unique - and right - is that it acknowledges causation. Evolution proposes that organisms living today are descended with modification from organisms that lived in the distant past. But intelligent design goes a step further, asking: What caused such astounding changes to take place? What is the reason or mechanism for evolution? For Behe, this is what makes intelligent design so important. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Michael J. Behe (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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The Ville Rat

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South Korea, 1974: A young Korean woman is found strangled to death on the frozen banks of the Sonyu River with only a carefully calligraphed poem on her person. Sergeants George Sue√Īo and Ernie Bascom, agents in the US Eighth Army CID, are called in by the formidable KNP detective Gil Kwon-up to investigate. As they begin to investigate, George and Ernie come into direct contact with the US Army's Second Infantry Division, a disciplined and often brutal force that won't stand for outside officers questioning its men. But George and Ernie aren't exactly known for going out of their way to avoid stepping on US Army toes, and this is no exception. A pair of likable protagonists who often discover and expose crime within their own ranks. A rarity in fiction that looks closely at daily life in 1970s South Korea, with American troops stationed there in the wake of the war.

©2015 Martin Limon (P)2015 Recorded Books

Author: Martin Limon
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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The Emotional Craft of Fiction

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Engage your readers with emotion. While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you. That's where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include: ? Emotional modes of writing ? Beyond showing versus telling ? Connecting the inner and outer journeys and much more Readers can simply read a novel...or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

©2016 Donald Maass (P)2020 Tantor

Author: Donald Maass
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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Fire and Blood

3 ratings

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There have been many Mexicos: the country of varied terrain, of Amerindian heritage, of the Spanish Conquest, of the Revolution, and of the modern era of elections and the rule of bankers. Mexico was forged in the fires of successive civilizations, and baptized with the blood of millions, all of whom added tragic dimensions to the modern Mexican identity.  T. R. Fehrenbach brilliantly delineates the contrasts and conflicts between them, unraveling the history while weaving a fascinating tapestry of beauty and brutality: the Amerindians, who wrought from the vulnerable land a great indigenous Meso-American civilization by the first millennium BC; the successive reigns of Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Mexic masters, who ruled through an admirably efficient bureaucracy and the power of the priests, propitiating the capricious gods with human sacrifices; the Spanish conquistadors, who used smallpox, technology, and their own ruthless individualism to erect a new tyranny over the ruins of the old; the agony of independent Mexico, struggling with the weight of its overwhelming past and tremendous potential.  Throughout the narrative the author resurrects the great personalities of Mexican history, such as Motecuhzoma, Cortes, Santa Anna, Juárez, Maximilian, Diaz, Pancho Villa, and Zapata. Fehrenbach, who has updated this edition to include recent events, has created a work of scholarly perspective and gripping prose.

©1973 T. R. Fehrenbach; new material copyright 1995 by T. R. Fehrenbach (P)2018 Tantor

Length: 35 hrs and 36 mins
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Eat for Life

9 ratings

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Add years to your life and life to your years with number one New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joel Fuhrman's no-nonsense, results-driven nutrition plan that will help you look and feel your best inside and out. Eat for Life is the first book to showcase Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet in full - the most practical, balanced, and focused way to eat, lose weight, and live longer. Emphasizing high-nutrient, whole plant foods that supply abundant amounts of micronutrients, it can broken down into a simple equation: H = N/C. Or, Health = Nutrient intake per Calorie consumed.  Most Americans are deficient in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and consume too many macronutrients (calories). Natural, colorful plant foods contain the largest assortment of micronutrients, including anti-cancer phytochemicals. When consumed in large quantities every day, these plant foods are proven to decrease cravings, reverse the symptoms of nearly every disease, and maintain ideal weight. The Nutrarian Diet helps you shed more pounds, reach lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reverse diabetes better, and reduce hunger and cravings more than any other program available. Combining Dr. Fuhrman’s wise food and lifestyle advice with his famously straightforward, practical recipes, Eat for Life is a daily guide to eating well, a healthy cookbook and meal plan, and a blunt kick-in-the-butt to help you take control of your health destiny. All people - sick or healthy, overweight or slim, young or old - can benefit from this plan. Eat for Life will help our bodies to thrive and experience a modern miracle: a long, disease-free life without heart disease, strokes, dementia, or even cancer. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Joel Fuhrman (P)2020 HarperAudio

Author: Joel Fuhrman
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

2 ratings

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Traditional network television programming has always followed the same script: executives approve a pilot, order a trial number of episodes, and broadcast them, expecting viewers to watch a given show on their television sets at the same time every week. But then came Netflix's House of Cards. Netflix gauged the show's potential from data it had gathered about subscribers' preferences, ordered two seasons without seeing a pilot, and uploaded the first thirteen episodes all at once for viewers to watch whenever they wanted on the devices of their choice.  In this book, Michael Smith and Rahul Telang, experts on entertainment analytics, show how the success of House of Cards upended the film and TV industries - and how companies like Amazon and Apple are changing the rules in other entertainment industries, notably publishing and music. We're living through a period of unprecedented technological disruption in the entertainment industries. Just about everything is affected: pricing, production, distribution, piracy. Smith and Telang discuss niche products and the long tail, product differentiation, price discrimination, and incentives for users not to steal content. To survive and succeed, businesses have to adapt rapidly and creatively. Smith and Telang explain how.  How can companies discover who their customers are, what they want, and how much they are willing to pay for it? Data. The entertainment industries, must learn to play a little "moneyball." The bottom line: follow the data. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Say Good Night to Insomnia

7 ratings

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For nearly 20 years, sleep-deprived Americans have found natural, drug-free relief from insomnia with the help of Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs' Say Good Night to Insomnia. Jacobs' program, developed and tested at Harvard Medical School and based on cognitive behavioral therapy, has been shown to improve sleep long-term in 80 percent of patients, making it the gold standard for treatment. He provides techniques for eliminating sleeping pills; establishing sleep-promoting behaviors and lifestyle practices; and improving relaxation, reducing stress, and changing negative thoughts about sleep. In this updated edition, Jacobs surveys the limitations and dangers of the new generation of sleeping pills, dispels misleading and confusing claims about sleep and health, and shares cutting-edge research on insomnia that proves his approach is more effective than sleeping pills. Say Good Night to Insomnia is the definitive guide to overcoming insomnia without drugs for the thousands of Americans who are looking for a healthy night's rest.

©1998 Gregg D. Jacobs (P)2018 Tantor

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Paperbacks from Hell

4 ratings

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Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades...if you dare. Hear shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who've faded into obscurity. Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your listening time and which should stay buried.

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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The Big Picture

10 ratings

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The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China. Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with ¬ďuniverses¬Ē, and how Disney remade itself in Apple¬ís image and reaped enormous profits. But despite the destruction of the studios¬í traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film. The Big Picture shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.

©2018 Ben Fritz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Ben Fritz
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Tortuga

Summary

This American Book Award winner by the author of Bless Me, Ultima is a novel of a New Mexico teenager's journey of physical and spiritual recovery. When the story opens, the eponymous hero of Rudolfo Anaya's novel is in an ambulance en route to a hospital for crippled children in the New Mexican desert. A poor boy from Albuquerque, 16-year-old Tortuga takes his name from the odd, turtle-shaped mountain that is rumored to possess miraculous curative powers.  Tortuga is paralyzed, and not even his mother's fervent prayers can heal him. But under the mountain's watchful gaze, with the support of fellow patients, he begins the Herculean task of breaking out of his shell and becoming whole again. Drawn from personal experience and imbued with the magic realism and phantasmagorical vision quests that distinguish Anaya's work, Tortuga is a joyful, life-sustaining book about hope, faith, friendship, and love that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the physical world.

©1979 Rudolfo Anaya (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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Nightmare Range

Summary

Twenty years ago Martin Lim√≥n published his first mystery featuring Sergeant George Sue√Īo, a young Mexican American army detective stationed on the US Eighth Army base in South Korea in the early 1970s, the heart of the Cold War. George and his investigating partner, the rowdy and short-fused Sergeant Ernie Bascom, are assigned cases in which the Eighth Army has come into conflict with local Korean law enforcement - often incidents in which American soldiers, who are not known for being on their best behavior in their Asian host country, have committed a crime. Sue√Īo's job is partially to solve crimes but mostly to cover top brass' backside and make sure the US Army doesn't look bad. Thoughtful, observant George, who is conversant in Korean, constantly faces difficult choices about whether to follow his orders or his conscience. After eight critically acclaimed novels comes this collection of Lim√≥n's award-winning short stories featuring sergeants Sue√Īo and Bascom. The stories have been published over the last 20 years in a variety of magazines, mostly in Alfred Hitchcock, but have never before been available in book form. This volume is sure to attract both critical attention and appeal to collectors and is a must-have for literary mystery listeners.

©2013 Martin Limon (P)2013 AudioGO

Author: Martin Limon
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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Ballad of the Bullet

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Amid increasing hardship and limited employment options, poor urban youth are developing creative online strategies to make ends meet. Using such social media platforms as YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, they're capitalizing on the public's fascination with the ghetto and gang violence. But with what consequences? Ballad of the Bullet follows the Corner Boys, a group of 30 or so young men on Chicago's South Side who have hitched their dreams of success to the creation of "drill music" (slang for "shooting music"). Drillers disseminate this competitive genre of hyperviolent, hyperlocal, DIY-style gangsta rap digitally, hoping to amass millions of clicks, views, and followers - and a ticket out of poverty. But in this perverse system of benefits, where online popularity can convert into offline rewards, the risks can be too great.  Drawing on extensive fieldwork and countless interviews compiled from daily, close interactions with the Corner Boys, as well as time spent with their families, friends, music producers, and followers, Forrest Stuart looks at the lives and motivations of these young men. While these virtual displays of ghetto authenticity can lead to online notoriety and actual resources, drillers frequently end up behind bars, seriously injured, or dead.

©2020 Princeton University Press (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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The Cosmic Power Within You

Summary

One of three classic reissues by the mega-selling author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind to inaugurate TarcherPerigee's exciting new line, The Joseph Murphy Library of Success! In this practical guide, Joseph Murphy shows you a simple way to harness the cosmic power hidden within to achieve physical, spiritual, and career success. The secrets of this life-changing art are spelled out simply and clearly, drawing upon both Eastern and Western cultures for special techniques and prayers. You will discover how to tap into the power you already possess to heal, make decisions, and attain your lifelong goals.

©1986 Joseph Murphy (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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Handbook of Emotions, Fourth Edition

Summary

Recognized as the definitive reference, this handbook brings together leading experts from multiple psychological subdisciplines to examine one of today's most dynamic areas of research. Coverage encompasses the biological and neuroscientific underpinnings of emotions, as well as developmental, social and personality, cognitive, and clinical perspectives. The volume probes how people understand, experience, express, and perceive affective phenomena and explores connections to behavior and health across the lifespan. Concluding chapters present cutting-edge work on a range of specific emotions. New to This Edition *Chapters on the mechanisms, processes, and influences that contribute to emotions (such as genetics, the brain, neuroendocrine processes, language, the senses of taste and smell). *Chapters on emotion in adolescence and older age, and in neurodegenerative dementias. *Chapters on facial expressions and emotional body language. *Chapters on stress, health, gratitude, love, and empathy. *Many new authors and topics; extensively revised with the latest theoretical and methodological innovations. A Choice Outstanding Academic Title  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 The Guilford Press. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Dispatches from the Sweet Life

Summary

Many fantasize about dramatically changing their lives - living in accordance with their ideals rather than the exigencies of job, bills, and possessions. William Powers actually does it. In his book Twelve by Twelve, Powers lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. 

Here, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, community, and happiness in a small town in Bolivia. They build an adobe house, plant a prolific orchard and organic garden, and weave their life into a community of permaculturists, bio-builders, artists, and creative businesspeople. Can this Transition Town succeed in the face of encroaching North American capitalism, and can Powers and the other settlers find the balance they’re seeking? Dispatches from the Sweet Life is compelling, sobering, thought-provoking, and, no matter the outcome, inspiring.

©2019 by William Powers. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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The People vs. Democracy

11 ratings

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The world is in turmoil. From India to Turkey and from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. As a result, Yascha Mounk shows, democracy itself may now be at risk. Two core components of liberal democracy - individual rights and the popular will - are increasingly at war with each other. As the role of money in politics soared and important issues were taken out of public contestation, a system of ¬ďrights without democracy¬Ē took hold. Populists who rail against this say they want to return power to the people. But in practice they create something just as bad: a system of ¬ďdemocracy without rights.¬Ē The consequence, Mounk shows in The People vs. Democracy, is that trust in politics is dwindling. Citizens are falling out of love with their political system. Democracy is wilting away. Drawing on vivid stories and original research, Mounk identifies three key drivers of voters¬í discontent: stagnating living standards, fears of multiethnic democracy, and the rise of social media. To reverse the trend, politicians need to enact radical reforms that benefit the many, not the few. The People vs. Democracy is the first book to go beyond a mere description of the rise of populism. In plain language, it describes both how we got here and where we need to go. For those unwilling to give up on either individual rights or the popular will, Mounk shows, there is little time to waste: this may be our last chance to save democracy.

©2018 Yascha Mounk (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Yascha Mounk
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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City of Strangers

Summary

When a priest is brutally gunned down in front of St. Jerome's Chinese-American Catholic Church, Father Luis Chavez is asked by the archdiocese to lead an inquiry. With the confessed killer already in custody, it looks like an open-and-shut case. That is, until Father Chavez digs deeper. As the killer's confession unravels, Father Chavez teams up with Deputy District Attorney Michael Story to get to the bottom of it. Together, they discover a conspiracy leading back to one of the world's oldest criminal organizations. But just as the team is about to break the case, a mysterious virus sweeps through Los Angeles, sending the city into a spiral of panic - and Father Chavez into the heart of a mystery that could rock the City of Angels to its core.

©2016 Mark Wheaton (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Mark Wheaton
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Not in My Neighborhood

Summary

Baltimore is the setting for (and typifies) one of the most penetrating examinations of bigotry and residential segregation ever published in the United States. Antero Pietila shows how continued discrimination practices toward African Americans and Jews have shaped the cities in which we now live.  Eugenics, racial thinking, and white supremacist attitudes influenced even the federal government's actions toward housing in the 20th century, dooming American cities to ghettoization. This all-American tale is told through the prism of Baltimore, from its early suburbanization in the 1880s to the consequences of "white flight" after World War II, and into the first decade of the 21st century. The events are real, and so are the heroes and villains. Mr. Pietila's engrossing story is an eye-opening journey into city blocks and neighborhoods, shady practices, and ruthless promoters.

©2010 Antero Pietila (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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The Convenience Revolution

Summary

There's a reason they call it a convenience store - because it's convenient! When you have to pick up a gallon of milk, would you rather stop by a large supermarket or a 7-Eleven? Customers who shop at convenience stores know the selection is smaller and the prices are often higher...yet they still come in droves because of the ease of purchase.   What about the minibar in your hotel room? That's convenient too...but the convenience comes at a cost. Did you ever stop to think that the same $5.00 can of Coca-Cola in the hotel's mini-fridge can be bought down the hall from the vending machine for just $1.25? Yet even with that can of Coke being four times more expensive, hotels are restocking minibars every day.   Customers will pay for convenience. And they'll choose to do more business over time with the people and companies that make their lives more convenient.   This audiobook shows you how to leverage convenience as a powerful way to differentiate yourself from your competition. You'll learn six compelling strategies, supported by numerous examples and case studies, that will fuel your plan to create a focus on convenience for your customers.

©2018 Shep Hyken (P)2018 Gildan Media

Author: Shep Hyken
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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Implementing Six Sigma

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This new and significantly revised edition of Implementing Six Sigma goes well beyond traditional Six Sigma methodologies, introducing an enhanced roadmap - S4/IEE (Smarter Six Sigma Solution ssm/Integrated Enterprise Excellence). This cutting-edge approach offers a solution to the common problem of sustaining Six Sigma activities and downplays the traditional policy stating that Six Sigma projects must have a defined defect. A variety of plans, checklists, metrics, and warnings of potential pitfalls provide thorough preparation for anyone implementing Six Sigma strategies.   With new coverage of Six Sigma infrastructure building, benchmarking, and real-world "lessons learned", this second edition is the best available tool for implementing these powerful, profit-building strategies. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2003 Forrest W. Breyfogle III (P)2019 Gildan Media

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The Lion's Den

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Exposing his father’s transgressions in a tell-all was the ethical, righteous--and profitable--thing to do. What’s left but to slink back home for a humbling face-to-face with the man whose secrets he sold? He was a notorious government whistle-blower. Depending on whom you ask, he’s a treasonous felon, a folk hero, a validated patriot, or a national disgrace. To his son, Michael, he’s the father who threw his family into upheaval. Now, having moved back home at the age of thirty-four, Michael is getting to know him as a man. And getting nearer to understanding his motivations that have remained a mystery in this darkly humorous short story of sacrifice and betrayal by New York Times bestselling author Anthony Marra. Anthony Marra’s The Lion’s Den is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

©2019 Anthony Marra (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Rogue State

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Twenty years in the future, America perches on the edge of collapse, devastated by drought and dwindling resources. California, now a totalitarian surveillance state controlling the lion's share of the nation's economy, is on the brink of secession. And family man Nathan Fisher finds himself at the heart of a bloody conspiracy that threatens the lives of his loved ones and the future of the country itself. Pursued by Mason Flagg and the sinister Cerberus organization, Nathan and his embattled family - accompanied by tough-as-nails Marine David Quinn - make a desperate run across the blasted wastes of the western United States, seeking sanctuary in Nevada. Woefully outmanned and outgunned by a cadre of ruthless Russian mercenaries enlisted by Flagg, and closely pursued by the drug cartels that rule the ravaged Southwest, the Fishers need some serious help to survive...but at what price?

©2017 Steven Konkoly. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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The Ten-Day MBA 4th Ed.

4 ratings

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Revised and updated to answer the challenges of a rapidly changing business world, the 4th edition of The Ten-Day MBA includes the latest topics taught at America's top business schools, from corporate ethics and compliance to financial planning and real estate to leadership and negotiation. With more than 400,000 copies sold around the world, this internationally acclaimed guide distills the lessons of the most popular business school courses taught at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the University of Virginia. Author Steven A. Silbiger delivers research straight from the notes of real MBA students attending these top programs today - giving you the tools you need to get ahead in business and in life.

©1993, 1999, 2005, 2012 Steven Alan Silbiger (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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The Leader Habit

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In leadership as in life, only practice makes perfect. Habits are powerful. They can lock us into negative behaviors (like snacking and smoking) or train us to act automatically in ways that benefit us (such as putting on a seat belt). Routines quietly undergird large portions of what we do and how we function. Habit formation can speed success in the workplace as well - even in complex areas like leadership. The Leader Habit spotlights 22 essential leadership abilities, breaking them down into a series of small, learnable behaviors. The accompanying 5-minute exercises help you practice each of these new skills until they stick. Drawn from a study of hundreds of leaders across the globe, the book's simple formula focuses on developing one skill at a time: sell the vision, delegate well, innovate often, empower others, overcome resistance, build strategic relationships, focus on customers, listen actively, negotiate effectively, and more. Many of us aspire to great leadership...consuming books and training. But unless you intentionally reinforce the right behaviors, results are fleeting. This eye-opening and original book builds the "muscle memory" to turn leadership skills into lasting habits.

¬©2018 Global Assessor Pool LLC, d/b/a Pinsight¬ģ (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Martin Lanik
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Emperors of the Deep

3 ratings

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In this remarkable, groundbreaking audiobook, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks - magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world¬ís oceans and ultimately the planet. From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying, cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species - mako, tiger, hammerhead, and great white - as never before and includes fascinating details such as: Sharks are 50 million years older than trees; Sharks have survived five extinction-level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs; Sharks have electroreception, a sixth sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things; Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface; Sharks account for only six human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year. McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark¬ís prehistoric secrets and how it has become the world¬ís most feared and most misunderstood predator and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water¬ís surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace¬ís Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed ¬ďlast great shark hunter¬Ē. At once a deep dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean - if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

©2019 William McKeever (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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Making Money with Music

2 ratings

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Making Money with Music gives you over 100 revenue streams and the knowledge on how to tap them. Whether you're a solo artist, band, DJ, EDM producer, or other musician, this book gives you strategies to generate revenue, grow your fan base, and thrive in today's technology-driven music environment. Plus, it lists hundreds of services, tools, and critical resources you need to run your business and maximize income. Making Money with Music will teach you how to tap over 100 income streams; seven business strategies you can implement immediately; how to start your music business for zero dollar; how to register your music to collect all of the royalties you are owed worldwide; 10 methods for raising money, so you can fund your music production and projects; and more. By the authors of the critically acclaimed modern classic, The Indie Band Survival Guide (first and second editions), Making Money with Music is the third installment in the Indie Band Survival Guide series and will help you build a sustainable music business no matter what kind of music you make, where you live, and whether you're a novice or professional musician. Improve your income by implementing these ideas for your music business today.

©2018 Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan (P)2018 Tantor

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Business Models for Teams

1 rating

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This book will do for teamwork what the cult classic Business Model Generation did for strategy. In 2010, Tim Clark helped create Business Model Generation, a groundbreaking global bestseller on how enterprises deliver value customers. In 2012, Clark and partner Bruce Hazen followed up with Business Model You, pioneering the personal business model technique for individuals. In their new book, Clark and Hazen turn this sights on teams, showing managers how much better their enterprises function when individuals and teams know their role in creating value for customers. Even great leaders face management problems every day. Do we have the right people in the right seats? How do they know what is a priority? Are we making it clear to everyone - across meetings, reports, and projects - how the enterprise creates value, and how each team member fits in? Through case studies, brief exercises and easy-to-follow visuals, Clark and Hazen show how leaders of any group, regardless of size, can help people work independently and passionately toward shared goals without excessive turnover, training, or culture building exercises. While any leader will benefit from Business Model For Teams, it is the ideal book for those confronting big market changes or overseeing new groups of colleagues. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Tim Clark and Bruce Hazen (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Portfolia, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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We Are Here to Stay

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The Stonewall Honor-winning author of Beyond Magenta shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America. ¬ďMaybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they'll think about me. I¬ím a real person.¬Ē Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows.¬† We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin¬ís gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. In the print version of this book, their photographs have been replaced with empty frames. Their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration - and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

©2019 Susan Kuklin, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Faraway

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Classic fables take on new meaning as five of today¬ís most original bestselling authors serve up some deliciously modern twists. New reflections on evil queens, charmless princes, and star-crossed lovers branch out in provocative and enchanting directions. Follow the path and see where it leads... THE PRINCE AND THE TROLL by Rainbow Rowell A charming everyman and a mysterious something-under-the-bridge cross paths in a short fairy tale by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and the Simon Snow series. HAZEL AND GRAY by Nic Stone Two anxious young lovers lost in the woods. A beckoning mansion in a dark clearing. A short modern-day retelling of Hansel and Gretel by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin. THE PRINCESS GAME by Soman Chainani There are no happy endings for the Princesses of Chaminade High in this short, twisty tale of teenage murder games by the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series. THE CLEANERS by Ken Liu Touch the past or wash it away? Two sisters have a choice in this unforgettable short story of everyday magic and the power of memory by the Hugo and Nebula Award¬Ėwinning author Ken Liu. THE WICKEDS by Gayle Forman The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the number one New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay. Full list of narrators includes Kate Rudd and Frankie Corzo.

©2020 The Prince and the Troll © 2020 by Rainbow Rowell. Hazel and Gray © 2020 by Logolepsy Media Inc. The Princess Game © 2020 by Soman Chainani. The Cleaners © 2020 by Ken Liu. The Wickeds © 2020 by Gayle Forman Inc. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The Empty Ones: A Novel

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From a Senior Editor and columnist of Cracked.com comes a funny and frightening follow-up to The Unnoticeables, an urban fantasy with horror elements in the vein of David Wong's John Dies at the End Following on the heels of Robert Brockway's comedic horror novel The Unnoticeables, The Empty Ones reveals the next chapter in the lives of a few misfits attempting to fight back against the mysterious Unnoticeables. The Empty Ones follows Carey and Randall to London where they go to rescue Gus and fight more of these mysterious angel-like creatures, and stumble on a powerful and unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn, who was very nearly beat when last we saw her, continues her fight into the desert of Mexico and the Southwest US, seeking the mysterious gear cult. Once there, she discovers what the gear cult is really up to: trying to "pin" the angels to Earth, focus their attention here, and get as much of humanity as possible "solved" - which, in their minds, is akin to being saved - and in the process discovers something incredible about herself. With a snarled lip, The Empty Ones incorporates everything that made The Unnoticeables incredible, but like any good punk band, when you don't think they can get any louder, they somehow turn it up a notch. It's terrifying and hilarious, visceral and insane, chaotic and beautiful.

©2016 Robert Brockway (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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All This I Will Give to You

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The award-winning international bestseller about the secrets and lies of one man that lead another into a treacherous house of strangers... When novelist Manuel Ortigosa learns that his husband, √Ālvaro, has been killed in a car crash, it comes as a devastating shock. It won¬ít be the last. He¬ís now arrived in Galicia. It¬ís where √Ālvaro died. It¬ís where the case has already been quickly closed as a tragic accident. It¬ís also where √Ālvaro hid his secrets. The man to whom Manuel was married for fifteen years was not the unassuming man he knew. √Ālvaro¬ís trail leads Manuel deep into one of Spain¬ís most powerful and guarded families. Behind the walls of their forbidding estate, Manuel is nothing but an unwelcome and dangerous intruder. Then he finds two allies: a stubbornly suspicious police lieutenant and √Ālvaro¬ís old friend - and private confessor - from seminary school. Together they¬íre collecting the pieces of √Ālvaro¬ís past, his double life, and his mysterious death. But in the shadows of nobility and privilege, Manuel is about to unravel a web of corruption and deception that could be as fatal a trap for him as it was for the man he loved.

©2016 Dolores Redondo Meira and Editorial Planeta, S. A. P. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Michael Meigs

Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
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The (Other) F Word

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Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines the voices of Renée Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in a relatable and gift-worthy guide about body image and fat acceptance. This dazzling collection of poetry, essays, and fashion tips is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat YA and middle-grade authors, as well as fat influencers and creators, The (Other) F Word offers teen listeners and activists of all ages a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage. Full list of author includes: Angie Manfredi, Alex Gino ,Jana Schmieding, Lily Anderson, Renée Watson Mason Deaver, S. Qiouyi Lu, Sarah Hollowell, David Bowles, Jonathan P. Higgins, Virgie Tovar, P. S. Kaguya, Hillary Monahan, Miguel M. Morales Julie Murphy, Isabel Quintero, Bruce Sturgell, Saucyé West, Corissa Enneking, Jess Walton, Ady Del Valle, Evette Dionne, Jes Baker, Laina Spencer, Adrianne Russell, Amy Spalding 

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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The Hispanic Republican

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An illuminating and thought-provoking history of the growth of Hispanic American Republican voters in the past half century and their surprising impact on US politics. In the lead-up to every election cycle, pundits predict that Latino Americans will overwhelmingly vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. And it¬ís true - Latino voters¬†do¬†tilt Democratic. Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in a ¬ďlandslide¬Ē, Barack Obama ¬ďcrushed¬Ē Mitt Romney among Latino voters in his reelection, and, four years earlier, the Democratic ticket beat the McCain-Palin ticket by a margin of more than two to one.¬† But those numbers belie a more complicated picture.¬†Because of decades of investment and political courtship, as well as a nuanced and varied cultural identity, the Republican party has had a much longer and stronger bond with Hispanics. How is this possible for a party so associated with draconian immigration and racial policies?¬† In¬†The Hispanic Republican, historian and political commentator Geraldo Cadava illuminates the history of the millions of Hispanic Republicans who, since the 1960s, have had a significant impact on national politics. Intertwining the little understood history of Hispanic Americans with a cultural study of how post-World War II Republican politicians actively courted the Hispanic vote during the Cold War (especially Cuban √©migr√©s) and during periods of major strife in Central America (especially during Iran-Contra), Cadava¬†offers insight into the¬†complicated dynamic between Latino liberalism and conservatism, which, when studied together, shine a crucial light on a rapidly changing demographic that will impact American elections for years to come.

©2020 Geraldo Cadava (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
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Poor Man's Fight: Poor Man's Fight, Book 1

4 ratings

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High school senior Tanner Malone has bombed the Test, a high-stakes exam that establishes how much he owes for his corporate-funded education. Burdened by a crushing debt that rules out college, Tanner enlists in the navy of Archangel, a star system with four terraformed worlds. But he hasn't factored in the space pirates. Just as Tanner begins basic training, the government ramps up its forces to confront a band of rowdy raiders who are wreaking havoc in the void. Led by complex and charismatic Captain Casey, the outlaws love a little murder and mayhem, but they are also democratic, egalitarian, and devoted to freeing each new recruit from debt and corporate oppression. Assigned to the front lines, Tanner soon finds himself caught in the crossfire between ruthless foes, cruel comrades, and unforgiving space. Can he do his duty when good and evil look so much alike?

©2015 Elliott Kay (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Elliott Kay
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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The Cosmic Energizer: The Miracle Power of the Universe

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From the mega-selling author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind Here is your invitation to command the Eternal Force that will bring vast abundance and goodness in your life. Joseph Murphy's guidebook features all of the ancient prayers, techniques, and meditations for calling upon the Great Power of the Universe - the Eternal Force that will act on your heartfelt desires and lead you into a cosmic view of life.

©1974 Joseph Murphy (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Managing for Dummies

2 ratings

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The fast and easy way to learn how to manage people, projects, and teams.   Being a manager can be an intimidating and challenging task. Managing involves teaching new skills to employees, helping land a new customer, accomplishing an important assignment, increasing performance, and much more. The process of management can be very challenging at times, but it can also bring you a sense of fulfillment that you never imagined possible.   Managing for Dummies, 3rd Edition is perfect for all levels of managers. This clearly written, easy-to-understand guide gives you practical advice on the most important aspects of managing, such as delegating as opposed to ordering, improving employees' performances, getting your message across, understanding ethics and office policies, team building and collaboration, and much more.   Managing in today's lightning-speed business world requires that you have the latest information and techniques for getting the job done. Managing for Dummies, 3rd Edition provides you with straightforward advice and up-to-the-minute strategies for dealing with anything that comes your way.

©2010 Wiley Publishing, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

2 ratings

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"A fearless and brutal look at friendships...you will laugh, rage, and mourn its loss when it's over." (Justina Ireland, New York Times best-selling author of Dread Nation) "Simultaneously hilarious and moving, weird and wonderful." (Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King)  Six Feet Under meets Pushing Daisies in this quirky, heartfelt story about two teens who are granted extra time to resolve what was left unfinished after one of them suddenly dies. A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up. Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly - and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow, July is not quite alive and not quite dead. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life. Critically acclaimed author Shaun Hutchinson delivers another wholly unique novel blending the real and surreal while reminding all of us what it is to love someone through and around our faults.

©2019 Shaun David Hutchinson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Fractured State

1 rating

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In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and an increasingly unsettled population. After a prominent California congresswoman is assassinated for her support of the state's secession from the United States, Nathan Fisher - accidental witness to a clandestine military-style operation - is drawn into an unraveling conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of power and threatens the lives of Fisher and his family. Hunted by ruthless killers seeking to ensure his silence, suspected by the authorities, and aided only by a loyal Marine officer with a mysterious agenda, Fisher and his loved ones must somehow stay a step ahead of their relentless pursuers, navigating a ruined world in a desperate search for sanctuary.

©2016 Steven Konkoly (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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La Santa Muerte

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This is the first book written by a practitioner that presents the history, culture, and practical magic of La Santa Muerte to the English-speaking world. As the patron saint of lost causes, the LGBT community, addicts, and anyone who has been marginalized by society, La Santa Muerte has a following of millions - and she's only becoming more popular.  Join author Tomás Prower as he gives step-by-step instructions for spells, magic, and prayers for practical results and long-term goals, including money, love, sex, healing, legal issues, protection, and more.  La Santa Muerte also includes detailed information on:   Her names   Tools   Altars   Offerings   Spells   And more

©2015 Tomas Prower (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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12 Stories of Christmas

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Experience the wonderment of Christmas with this endearing collection of original stories. Even though he's got 3.5 million copies of books in print, Pastor Robert Morgan writes only one short fiction story each year - an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. Now with a fresh new cover and six new stories, the entire collection of 12 is available in this beautiful volume. Beginning is a foreword by David Jeremiah, followed by adventures that evoke the splendor and love found at the manger over 2000 years ago. You'll meet a shy, bookish boy who finds himself center stage in a Christmas pageant, a family whose car full of presents and groceries disappears, and a mountain man trapped in a blizzard with his 12-year-old grandson. You'll meet characters you feel you've known your whole life who'll make you laugh one minute and cry the next. So this year, and the years to follow, gather your family and experience the true spirit of adoration and worship at Christmas through this timeless gift of story.

©2014 Robert Morgan (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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The Beast

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One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. √ďscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America and across the US border. More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and each year as many as 20,000 of them are kidnapped.¬†¬† Martinez writes in powerful, unforgettable prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work, and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. The Beast is the first to shed light on the harsh new reality of the migrant trail in the age of the narcotraficantes.

©2013 Verso; translation copyright 2013 by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington; foreword copyright 2013 by Francisco Goldman (P)2020 Tantor

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The Writer's Library

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Performed by Nancy Pearl, Jeff Schwager and a multi-cast that includes book contributors Luis Alberto Urrea, Siri Hustvedt, Laurie Frankel, Vendela Vida, and Richard Ford. The Writer’s Library audiobook also features real conversations with Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and Laila Lalami. With a foreword by Susan Orlean, 23 of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives in this intimate, moving, and insightful collection from "American's Librarian" Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager that celebrates the power of literature and reading to connect us all.  Before Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jonathan Lethem became revered authors, they were readers. In this ebullient book, America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted-playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.  The Writer’s Library is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors - the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is.  A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, The Writer’s Library is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word.  The authors in The Writer’s Library are: Russell Banks, TC Boyle, Michael Chabon, Susan Choi, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Laurie Frankel, Andrew Sean Greer, Jane Hirshfield, Siri Hustvedt, Charles Johnson, Laila Lalami, Jonathan Lethem, Donna Tartt, Madeline Miller, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Luis Alberto Urrea, Vendela Vida, Ayelet Waldman, Maaza Mengiste, and Amor Towles.

©2020 Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Manager's Guide to HR

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Extensively revised, the second edition of The Manager's Guide to HR covers all the key areas and brings listeners up to speed on current developments in employment law, including: How social media is changing the recruitment landscape Shifting labor standards regarding compensation and benefits The National Labor Relations Board's stance on work-related employee speech on social media The Employee Retirement Income Security Act New record-keeping requirements Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act And more  Featuring step-by-step guidance on everything from COBRA compliance to privacy issues, this trusted resource is now - once again - the most up to date.

©2009 Max Muller (P)2018 Gildan Media

Author: Max Muller
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Sex, Power, and Partisanship

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An evolutionary psychologist traces the roots of political divisions back to our primate ancestors and male-dominated social hierarchies. Through the lens of evolutionary science, this book offers a novel perspective on why we hold our political ideas and why they are so often in conflict. Drawing on examples from across the animal kingdom, clinical psychologist Hector A. Garcia reveals how even the most complex political processes can be influenced by our basic drives to survive and reproduce - including the policies we back, whether we are liberal or conservative, and whether we are inspired or repelled by the words of a president. The author demonstrates how our political orientations derive from an ancestral history of violent male competition, surprisingly influencing how we respond to issues as wide-ranging as affirmative action, women's rights, social welfare, abortion, foreign policy, and even global warming. Critically, the author shows us how our instinctive political tribalism can keep us from achieving stable, functioning societies, and offers solutions for rising above our ancestral past.

©2019 Hector A. Garcia (P)2021 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
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The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (3rd Edition)

1 rating

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Peter T. Coleman, Morton Deutsch, and Eric C. Marcus present their classic guide to resolving conflict.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media, LLC

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What We Know

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When The New Press, the Center for American Progress, and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Peoples and Family Movement issued a call for innovative reform ideas, over 300 currently and formerly incarcerated individuals responded. What We Know collects two dozen of their best suggestions, each of which proposes a policy solution derived from their own lived experience. Ideas run the gamut: A man serving time in Indiana argues for a Prison Labor Standards Act, calling for us to reject prison slavery. A Nebraska man who served a federal prison term for white-collar crimes suggests offering courses in entrepreneurship as a way to break down barriers to employment for people returning from incarceration. A woman serving a life sentence in Georgia spells out a system of earned privileges that could increase safety and decrease stress inside prison. And a man serving a 25-year term for a crime he committed at age 15 advocates powerfully for eliminating existing financial incentives to charge youths as adults. With contributors including nationally known formerly incarcerated leaders in justice reform, 23 justice-involved individuals add a perspective that is too often left out of national reform conversations.

©2020 The New Press (P)2021 Tantor

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The Warning

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A strange pattern of death emerges in a small Spanish town in this novel of twisting suspense by international bestselling author Paul Pen. I don’t wish to frighten you, reads the anonymous note introverted and bullied eight-year-old Leo Cruz finds in his backpack. All the sender asks is that he avoid a certain spot on a certain day, or he’ll die. Leo has reason to be afraid. The warning hearkens back to nearly a decade ago - to the same site, where a murder has become local folklore and a favorite campfire tale reinvented year after year by the kids of Arenas, a small Spanish town.  Leo’s parents initially suspect the lonely boy’s cruel classmates. The perfect joke to terrorize an impressionable victim. Unless, as they come to believe, it’s Leo himself who is the author of the warning.  Is Leo being lured to an unavoidable fate? Is someone taking bullying to a dangerous new level? Or is there something else at work in Arenas, a town with intersecting destinies and a century of secrets?

©2011 by Paul Pen. Translation © 2020 by Simon Bruni. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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Fateful Decisions

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The National Security Council (NSC) is the most important formal institution in the US government for the creation and implementation of foreign and defense policy. The council's four principal members - the president, vice president, secretary of state, and secretary of defense - are responsible for incredibly far-reaching decisions regarding war and peace, diplomacy, international trade, and covert operations.  Despite its obvious importance, the NSC has been subject to relatively little scholarly scrutiny and therefore remains misunderstood by most international relations students. Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council provides students with valuable insights into the origins, workings, strengths, and weaknesses of the NSC.   Covering the period from 1947 to 2003, Fateful Decisions features seminal articles, essays, and documents drawn from a variety of sources. The audiobook presents and illuminates several obscure documents regarding the beginning of the NSC and its early years. It then examines the transformation of the NSC from a newly established, and initially ignored, advisory committee to the nation's premier forum for national security deliberations.  The selections - written by prominent scholars, journalists, and practitioners - offer revealing coverage of major topics such as key challenges to the NSC and the role of the NSC in a post-Cold War environment. The articles also discuss the rise of the national security adviser to a position of prominence and provide profiles of those who have held the position, including McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, Samuel Berger, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice.  Chronicling the performance of the NSC over the years, Fateful Decisions dissects both its successes and its failures - from the Cuban Missile Crisis through the Iran-Contra affair, to the current war against global terrorism - and offers reform proposals to improve the council's performance. It is ideal for courses on the NSC, national security decision-making, and US foreign policy.

©2004 Oxford University Press, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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The Gun Debate

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No topic is more polarizing than guns and gun control. From a gun culture that took root early in American history to the mass shootings that repeatedly bring the public discussion of gun control to a fever pitch, the topic has preoccupied citizens, public officials, and special interest groups for decades. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know¬ģ delves into the issues that Americans debate when they talk about guns. With a balanced and broad-ranging approach, noted economist Philip J. Cook and political scientist Kristin A. Goss thoroughly cover the latest research, data, and developments on gun ownership, gun violence, the firearms industry, and the regulation of firearms. The authors also tackle sensitive issues such as the effectiveness of gun control, the connection between mental illness and violent crime, the question of whether more guns make us safer, and ways that video games and the media might contribute to gun violence. No discussion of guns in the US would be complete without consideration of the history, culture, and politics that drive the passion behind the debate. Cook and Goss deftly explore the origins of the American gun culture and the makeup of both the gun rights and gun control movements. Written in question-and-answer format, the book will help listeners make sense of the ideologically driven statistics and slogans that characterize our national conversation on firearms. This book is a must-listen for anyone interested in getting a clear view of the issues surrounding guns and gun policy in America.

©2014 Oxford University Press (P)2018 Tantor

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The Mutations

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A modern-day Flaubert takes us on a comic tour through a deeply neurotic Mexico City Ramón Martinez is a militant atheist, successful lawyer, and conventional family man. But all of that changes when his privileged life disintegrates after cancer of the tongue deprives him of the source of his power and livelihood: speech. Jorge Comensal’s The Mutations is a comedy tracing the metastasis of Ramón’s cancer through his body and through the lives of his family members, colleagues, and doctors, dissecting the experience of illness and mapping the relationships both strengthened and frayed in its wake. Mateo and Paulina, his teenage children, struggle with the temptations of masturbation and binge-eating, respectively. Ramón’s melancholic oncologist is haunted by the memory of a young patient whom he was unable to save. His selfish pathologist believes Ramón’s tumor holds the key to a major scientific breakthrough. And then Elodia, Ramón’s pious maid, brings him a foul-mouthed parrot as a birthday gift, and this filthy bird becomes Ramón's companion, confidant, and unlikely double.  Paying homage to forebears such as Sontag, Didion, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, and filled with a rough-hewn poetry of regret, rage, and, finally, resignation, The Mutations offers up a profound and funny cross section of modern Mexico, as well as a bold treatment of an unspeakable yet universal reality.

©2016 Jorge Comensal. Translation © 2019 by Charlotte Whittle. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Four by Four

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Set entirely at Wybrany College - a school where the wealthy keep their kids safe from the chaos erupting in the cities - Four by Four is a novel of insinuation and gossip, in which the truth about Wybrany's "program" is always palpable but never explicit. The mysteries populating the novel open with the disappearance of one of the "special" scholarship students. As the first part unfolds, it becomes clear that all is not well in Wybrany and that something more sordid lurks beneath the surface.   In the second part - a diary written by an impostor who has infiltrated the school as a substitute teacher - the eerie sense of what's happening in this space removed from society becomes even more acute and sinister.   An exploration of the relationship between the powerful and powerless - and the repetition of these patterns - Mesa's "sophisticated nightmare" calls to mind great works of Gothic literature (think Shirley Jackson) and social thrillers to create a unique, unsettling view of freedom and how a fear of the outside world can create monsters.

©2012 Sara Mesa (P)2020 Tantor

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The Leader Architect

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Business books fall into two categories: theory and impractical protocols. Both provide either ideas without applications or applications without proven theoretical frames. They are like concept cars no one expects to drive to work. The Leader Architect provides the bridge to proven solutions based on sound theory. These solutions are being used successfully by expert leaders at some of the best companies in the world, without the elaborate external systems and training teams required by many popular approaches. The Leader Architect is a practical guide for leaders who want to build and grow a consistently powerful organization that delivers long-term success. You will take away fresh insights on topics such as: Myths we love that ruin our businesses. The power of pairs (why 1+1 is greater than 5+5). The architecture of successful business organizations. The leverage of relationships. Resilience: A step beyond agility. In the daily flood of "should" and "wants" that fill the lives of most executives, The Leader Architect is a fresh and simple guide to tactics and tools that have worked for others¬Öand will work for you.

©2018 Jim Grew. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fast Food Genocide

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From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Eat to Live and The End of Diabetes, an unflinching, provocative exploration of how our food is killing us and the ways in which we are unwitting participants in an unprecedented and exploding health crisis. Fast food is far more than just the burgers, fries, and burritos served at chain restaurants; it is also the toxic, human-engineered products found in every grocery store across America. These include: cold breakfast cereals; commercial and preserved (deli) meats and cheeses; sandwich breads and buns; chips, pretzels, and crackers; fried foods; energy bars; and soft drinks. Fast foods have become the primary source of calories in the United States and consequently the most far-reaching and destructive influence on our population. The indisputable truth is that our highly processed diet is the source of a national health crisis that is exploding into a genocide with unseen tragic implications. Heart attacks, strokes, cancer, obesity, ADHD, autism, allergies, and autoimmune diseases all have the same root cause - our addiction to toxic ingredients. New York Times best-selling author, board-certified physician, nutritional researcher, and leading voice in the health field Joel Fuhrman, MD, explains why the problem of poor nutrition is deeper, more serious, and more pervasive than anyone imagined. Fast Food Genocide draws on 25 years of clinical experience and research to confront our fundamental beliefs about the impact of what we eat. This book identifies issues at the heart of our country's most urgent problems. Fast food kills, but it also perpetuates bigotry and derails the American dream of equal opportunity and happiness for all. It leaves behind a wake of destruction creating millions of medically dependent and sickly people burdened with poor-quality lives. The solution hiding in plain sight - a nutrient dense, healthful diet - can save lives and enable humans to reach their intellectual potential and achieve successful and fulfilling lives. Dr. Fuhrman offers a life-changing, scientifically sound approach that can alter American history and perhaps save your life in the process. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Joel Fuhrman, MD (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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The Cult of the Customer

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In today's competitive business climate, you can't just satisfy your customers. You have to be better than that, giving them experiences that they won't forget. Author Shep Hyken has spent 25 years studying great companies and the evangelists they create. In The Cult of the Customer, Hyken describes how to design a strategy that leads both customers and employees through five distinct cultural phases-from "uncertainty" to "amazement". By presenting dozens of case studies that show how great companies made this journey, Hyken identifies the critical internal and external changes that allowed them to build a "Cult of the Customer" - and teaches how you can do it, too. Hyken's message is both powerful and timely: The happier your customers and employees are, the more successful your company will be. The Cult of the Customer is your guide to creating a customer-focused culture that turns satisfied customers into customer evangelists.

©2009 Shep Hyken (P)2018 Gildan Media

Author: Shep Hyken
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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Rich Man's War

3 ratings

Summary

Tanner Malone is starting to enjoy his navy post in the honor guard. After surviving violent conflicts with space pirates in the void, he hopes to stay out of the stars for a while. But when the government of Archangel, a prosperous Union state including four terraformed worlds, makes a dangerous decision to defy the Big Three's corporate dominance, war threatens the galaxy. The interstellar fighting escalates, and duty calls a reluctant Tanner to the front lines, where it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference between politician, pirate, and protector. When secret intel reveals a vast network of bloody covert operations, along with a rigged economic system that enslaves its members, Tanner finds himself at the perilous intersection between the government, the Big Three, and pirates who will stop at nothing to remain free.

©2015 Elliott Kay (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Elliott Kay
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
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An Underground Education

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Okay, so maybe you know all the stuff you're supposed to know. But really, is this kind of knowledge going to make you the hit of the cocktail party, or the loser spending 45 minutes examining the host's bookshelves? Wouldn't you rather learn things like how the invention of the bicycle affected the evolution of underwear? Or that the 1949 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a doctor who performed lobotomies with a household ice pick? Or how Catherine the Great really died? Or that heroin was sold over the counter not too long ago? For the truly well-rounded "intellectual," nothing fascinates so much as the subversive, the contrarian, the suppressed, and the bizarre. Richard Zacks has unloosed his admittedly strange mind and astonishing research abilities upon the entire spectrum of human knowledge, ferreting out endlessly fascinating facts, and stories guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp in wonder, and occasionally shudder at the depths of human depravity. The result of his labors is this quasi-encyclopedia that provides alternative takes on art, business, crime, science, medicine, sex (lots of that), and many other facets of human experience.

©1997 Richard Zacks (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
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Wild Rescues

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A paramedic story that takes places in the wild and sheds a never-seen-before light on wilderness medicine, our national parks, and conflicts that arise between tourism and protecting the land Wild Rescues is a fast-paced, firsthand glimpse into the exciting lives of paramedics who work with the National Park Service: a unique brand of park rangers who respond to medical and traumatic emergencies in some of the most isolated and rugged parts of America. In 2014, Kevin Grange left his job as a paramedic in Los Angeles to work in a response area with 2.2 million acres: Yellowstone National Park. Seeking a break from city life and urban EMS, he wanted to experience pure nature, fulfill his dream of working for the National Park Service, and take a crash-course in wilderness medicine. Between calls, Grange reflects upon the democratic ideal of the National Park mission, the beauty of the land, and the many threats facing it. With visitation rising, budgets shrinking, and people loving our parks to death, he realized that - along with the health of his patients - he was also fighting for the life of ¬ďAmerica¬ís Best Idea¬Ē.

©2021 Kevin Grange (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Author: Kevin Grange
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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The Space Between

1 rating

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The truth isn’t what it seems in this stirring novel of suspense. After presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a rapt audience across the country, renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home to a disturbing discovery. Her husband, Ben, a Los Angeles restaurateur, has disappeared, leaving behind an unexplained bank deposit of a million dollars, a loaded Glock in the nightstand, and a video security system that’s been wiped clean. The only answers their son, Zack, can offer are the last words his father said to him: keep the doors locked and set the alarm. Sarah’s marriage was more troubled than anyone suspected, but now she is afraid that her husband’s recent past could be darker than she dares to admit. Suspecting that nothing about Ben’s vanishing is what it seems, Sarah must delve into the space between old memories, newfound fears, and misleading clues to piece together the mystery of her husband’s disappearance - and find what she hopes in her heart is the truth.

©2018 Dete Meserve (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Dete Meserve
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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A Blood Thing

Summary

Never trust a blackmailer.

Vermont¬ís promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, ¬ďKeep this with you...keep it secret...you¬íre going to need it after the arrest.¬Ē

Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody - framed for the brutal murder of a young woman - and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands. All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake...because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

©2018 James Hankins (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Length: 11 hrs
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Barely Missing Everything

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In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Pe√Īa, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores how difficult it is to make it in life when you - your life, brown lives - don¬ít matter. Juan has plans. He¬ís going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself - or at least find something better than his mom Fabi¬ís cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen. His best friend, JD, has plans, too. He¬ís going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quinten Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (not Steven Spielberg). He¬ís got a camera, and he¬ís got passion - what else could he need? Fabi doesn¬ít have a plan anymore. When you get pregnant at 16 and have been stuck bartending to make ends meet for the past 17 years, you realize plans don¬ít always pan out and that there are some things for which you just can¬ít plan.... Like Juan¬ís run-in with the police, like a sprained ankle, and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead. Soon, Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise¬≠-like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things for which you just can¬ít plan....

©2019 Matt Mendez (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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American Zealots

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In an unsettling time in American history, the outbreak of right-wing violence is among the most disturbing developments. In recent years, attacks originating from the far right of American politics have targeted religious and ethnic minorities, with a series of antigovernment militants, religious extremists, and lone-wolf mass shooters inspired by right-wing ideologies. The need to understand the nature and danger of far-right violence is greater than ever.  In American Zealots, Arie Perliger provides a wide-ranging and rigorously researched overview of right-wing domestic terrorism. He analyzes its historical roots, characteristics, tactics, rhetoric, and organization, assessing the current and future trajectory of the use of violence by the far right. Perliger draws on a comprehensive dataset of more than 5,000 attacks and their perpetrators between 1990 and 2018 in order to explore key trends in American right-wing terrorism. He describes the entire ideological spectrum of the American far right, including today's white supremacists, antigovernment groups, and antiabortion fundamentalists, as well as the histories of the KKK, skinheads, and neo-Nazis. Based on these findings, Perliger suggests counterterrorism policies that can respond effectively to the far-right threat.

©2020 Columbia University Press (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son

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How does a Mexican American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern, old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser's American Tragedy and Fitzgerald's Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds that ultimately seem so empty.

©2019 Sergio Troncoso (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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The 22-Day Revolution

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The renowned exercise physiologist, hailed by Jay-Z as "the world's best trainer", shares his groundbreaking plant-based diet. If you want to lose weight, if you want to be fitter and stronger than ever before, The 22-Day Revolution is your solution. Founded on the principle that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, The 22-Day Revolution is an accessible plan for anyone seeking to lose weight, to reverse serious health concerns, or seeking a healthier lifestyle. The benefits of a vegan diet cannot be overstated: it has been proven to help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, decrease blood pressure, and even reverse diabetes. As one of today's most sought-after health experts, exercise physiologist Marco Borges has spent years helping his exclusive list of high-profile clients permanently change their lives and bodies through his innovative methods. Celebrities from Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams, to Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, and Shakira have all turned to Marco for his expertise. Now, for the first time, he unveils his coveted and revolutionary manifesto, featuring the comprehensive fundamentals of starting a plant-based diet. Inside you'll find motivating strategies, benefits and tips for staying the course, delicious recipes, and a detailed 21-day meal plan. With this program you will lead a healthier, more energetic, and productive life. Live the life you want, not just the one you have.

©2015 Marco Borges (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Author: Marco Borges
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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Treasury's War

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For more than a decade, America has been waging a new kind of war against the financial networks of rogue regimes, proliferators, terrorist groups, and criminal syndicates. Juan Zarate, a chief architect of modern financial warfare and a former senior Treasury and White House official, pulls back the curtain on this shadowy world. In this gripping story, he explains in unprecedented detail how a small, dedicated group of officials redefined the Treasury's role and used its unique powers, relationships, and reputation to apply financial pressure against America's enemies.   This group unleashed a new brand of financial power - one that leveraged the private sector and banks directly to isolate rogues from the international financial system. By harnessing the forces of globalization and the centrality of the American market and dollar, the Treasury developed a new way of undermining America's foes. The Treasury and its tools soon became, and remain, critical in the most vital geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the regimes in Iran, North Korea, and Syria.   This is the unique story of the United States' financial war campaigns and the contours and uses of financial power, and of the warfare to come.

©2013 Juan C. Zarate (P)2020 Tantor

Author: Juan Zarate
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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Turned to Stone

Summary

Spanish journalist and art historian Jaime Azc√°rate has always been a magnet for trouble. So when the authorities call on him to help investigate a museum heist while he's enjoying a rare vacation, he is more annoyed than surprised. Jaime brushes off the detectives' pleas to find a missing and reportedly cursed Medusa sculpture, until an attempt on his life pulls him into the investigation. With nowhere else to turn, Jaime reaches out to the only person in the world who can help: Paloma Blasco, the ex-girlfriend with whom he authored an article on the priceless statue. The pair must put their differences aside as they travel from Greece to Sardinia to find the Medusa - before the curse claims another victim.

©2014 Jorge Magano (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation copyright © 2015 Simon Bruni.

Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Merge Left

Summary

In 2014, Ian Haney Lopez in Dog Whistle Politics named and explained the coded racial appeals exploited by right-wing politicians over the last half century-and thereby anticipated the 2016 presidential election.  Now the country is heading into what will surely be one of the most consequential elections ever. Some want to focus on racial justice head-on; others insist that a race-silent focus on class avoids alienating white voters. Can either approach - race-forward or colorblind - build the progressive supermajorities necessary to break political gridlock and fundamentally change the country's direction? For the past two years, Haney Lopez has been collaborating with a research team of union activists, racial justice leaders, communications specialists, and pollsters. Based on conversations, interviews, and surveys with thousands of people all over the country, the team found a way forward.  By merging the fights for racial justice and for shared economic prosperity, they were able to build greater enthusiasm for both goals-and for the cross-racial solidarity needed to win elections.  What does this mean? It means that neutralizing the right's political strategy of racial division is possible, today. And that's the key to everything progressives want to achieve.

©2019 Ian Haney Lopez (P)2019 Tantor

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Rain God

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"The Rain God is a lost masterpiece that helped launch a legion of writers. Its return, in times like these, is a plot twist that perhaps only Arturo Islas himself could have conjured. May it win many new readers." (Luis Alberto Urrea, best-selling author of The House of Broken Angels and The Hummingbird’s Daughter) "Rivers, rivulets, fountains and waters flow, but never return to their joyful beginnings; anxiously they hasten on to the vast realms of the Rain God." A beloved Southwestern classic - as beautiful, subtle, and profound as the desert itself - Arturo Islas' The Rain God is a breathtaking masterwork of contemporary literature.  Set in a fictional small town on the Texas-Mexico border, it tells the funny, sad, and quietly outrageous saga of the children and grandchildren of Mama Chona the indomitable matriarch of the Angel clan who fled the bullets and blood of the 1911 revolution for a gringo land of promise. In bold creative strokes, Islas paints on unforgettable family portrait of souls haunted by ghosts and madness - sinners torn by loves, lusts, and dangerous desires. From gentle hearts plagued by violence and epic delusions to a child who con foretell the coming of rain in the sweet scent of angels, here is a rich and poignant tale of outcasts struggling to live and die with dignity...and to hold onto their past while embracing an unsteady future.

©1984 Arturo Islas (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Empire City

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The author of the ¬ďurgent and deeply moving¬Ē (The New York Times) Youngblood returns with this bold and provocative novel following a group of super-powered soldiers and civilians as they navigate an imperial America on the precipice of a major upheaval - for fans of The Fortress of Solitude and The Plot Against America.¬† Thirty years after its great triumph in Vietnam, the United States has again become mired in an endless foreign war overseas. Stories of super soldiers known as the Volunteers tuck in little American boys and girls every night. Yet domestic politics are aflame. Violent protests erupt throughout the nation; an ex-military watchdog group clashes with police while radical terrorists threaten to expose government experiments within the veteran rehabilitation colonies.¬† Halfway between war and peace, the Volunteers find themselves waiting for orders in the vast American city-state, Empire City. There they encounter a small group of civilians who know the truth about their powers, including Sebastian Rios, a young bureaucrat wrestling with survivor guilt, and Mia Tucker, a wounded army pilot-turned-Wall Street banker. Meanwhile, Jean-Jacques Saint-Preux, a Haitian-American Volunteer from the International Legion, decides he¬íll do whatever it takes to return to the front lines.¬† Through it all, a controversial retired general emerges as a frontrunner in the presidential campaign, promising to save the country from itself. Her election would mean unprecedented military control over the country, with promises of security and stability - but at what cost?¬† Featuring Gallagher¬ís ¬ďvital¬Ē (The Washington Post), ¬ďevocative¬Ē (The Wall Street Journal) prose, Empire City is a rousing vision of an alternate - yet all too familiar - America on the brink.

©2020 Matt Gallagher (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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The Hunt

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A father takes his two teenage sons elk hunting in Colorado, only to discover they are the ones being hunted. Tony Acero, a Mexican-American veteran of four combat tours, has a problem on his hands. His undersized 13-year-old son Luke is floundering at his new Kansas prep school. To save the young teen from his downward spiral, and to cheer up older brother Matt, Tony proposes to take both sons on a confidence-building elk hunt in Colorado. Meanwhile in Boston, rootless young brothers, Pel and Moom Adams, are plotting a Colorado expedition of their own. Radical anarchists, the brothers have contracted with a trio of hardened Chechen terrorists to carry out a plot that will shake America to the core. They plan to shoot the plane carrying the president out of the sky as it descends into Aspen for a G-8 Summit. The two parties collide in a remote Colorado valley. The terrorists are determined that Tony and his sons will not leave the valley alive.

©2019 Jack Cashill and Mike McMullen (P)2020 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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Midnight in Mexico

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A crusading Mexican American journalist searches for justice and hope in an increasingly violent Mexico. In the last decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared in the Mexican drug war, and drug trafficking there is a multibillion-dollar business. In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juarez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. One night, Corchado received a tip that he could be the next target of the Zetas, a violent paramilitary group - and that he had 24 hours to find out if the threat was true. Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man's quest to report the truth of his country - as he races to save his own life.

©2019 Alfredo Corchado (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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The Sonic Breach

Summary

Tom gets to take all sorts of cool classes at the Swift Academy of Science and Technology, but robotics may be the one he is most excited for. Their teacher is holding a battling robot tournament, and Tom has to build a machine that will come out on top.   With the final battle coming up, Tom and his friends need as much time as possible to refine their masterpiece. But the rest of their teachers have been giving so many pop quizzes that they can barely focus in class, never mind concentrate on the tournament. Naturally, everyone is frustrated with the trend...until a mysterious new phone app appears. If students get pop quizzes during first period, they can warn everyone else about it by getting their phones to emit a high-pitched sound - a mosquito alarm - that adults can’t hear.   Tom is unsure about the whole thing, but it technically isn’t cheating, right? But when someone changes the app to break all the rules, the ethics aren’t debatable anymore. The longer the perpetrator remains unknown, the more harshly teachers treat all the students, and the pressure won’t stop until Tom and his friends track down the person behind the app takeover.

©2019 Victor Appleton (P)2019 Oasis Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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Santiago's Road Home

Summary

Three starred reviews!¬† ¬ďHarrowing but deeply illuminating.¬Ē (School Library Journal)¬† A young boy gets detained by ICE while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in this timely and unflinching novel by award-winning author Alexandra Diaz. The bed creaks under Santiago¬ís shivering body. They say a person¬ís life flashes by before dying. But it¬ís not his whole life. Just the events that led to this. The important ones, and the ones Santiago would rather forget.¬† The coins in Santiago¬ís hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela¬ís house. Except he refuses to return; he won¬ít be missed. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal Mar√≠a Dolores and her young daughter, Alegr√≠a, who help Santiago decide what comes next: He will accompany them to el otro lado, the United States of America. They embark with little, just backpacks with water and a bit of food. To travel together will require trust from all parties, and Santiago is used to going it alone. None of the three travelers realizes that the journey through Mexico to the border is just the beginning of their story.

©2020 Alexandra Diaz (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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You and Me and Us

2 ratings

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¬ďHammer is an expert at both tugging heartstrings and keeping the reader utterly immersed in a world of hope and heartbreak. A great new voice in women¬ís fiction.¬Ē (Kristin Harmel, number one international best-selling author of¬†The Winemaker's Wife) The heartbreaking, yet hopeful, story of a mother and daughter struggling to be a family without the one person who holds them together - a perfect summer listen for fans of Jojo Moyes and Marisa de los Santos. Alexis Gold knows how to put the "work" in working mom. It's the "mom" part that she's been struggling with lately. Since opening her own advertising agency three years ago, Alexis has all but given up on finding a good work/life balance. Instead, she's handed over the household reins to her supportive, loving partner, Tommy. While he's quick to say they divide and conquer, Alexis knows that Tommy does most of the heavy lifting - especially when it comes to their teenage daughter, CeCe.¬† Their world changes in an instant when Tommy receives a terminal cancer diagnosis, and Alexis realizes everything she's worked relentlessly for doesn't matter without him. So Alexis does what Tommy has done for her almost every day since they were 12-year-old kids in Destin, Florida - she puts him first. And when the only thing Tommy wants is to spend one last summer together at "their" beach, she puts her career on hold to make it happen...even if it means putting her family within striking distance of Tommy¬ís ex, an actress CeCe idolizes. But Alexis and Tommy aren¬ít the only ones whose lives have been turned inside out. In addition to dealing with the normal ups and downs that come with being a teenager, CeCe is also forced to confront her feelings about Tommy¬ís illness - and what will happen when the one person who¬ís always been there for her is gone. When the magic of first love brings a bright spot to her summer, CeCe is determined not to let her mother ruin that for her, too.¬† As CeCe¬ís behavior becomes more rebellious, Alexis realizes the only thing harder for her than losing Tommy will be convincing CeCe to give her one more chance. ¬† You and Me and Us¬†is a beautifully written novel that examines the unexpected ways loss teaches us how to love.¬†

©2020 Alison Hammer (P)2020 HarperAudio

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The Passion According to Carmela

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From the prize-winning, internationally bestselling novelist Marcos Aguinis comes an epic love saga set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution. It is a time for upheaval in Cuba: the time to build a new society. Even from her position of privilege, idealistic divorcée Carmela Vasconcelos sees the waves of uprising and is caught up in the excitement. Persuaded by her brother, Lucas, she flees her wealthy home to join Fidel Castro’s rebels. In the mountainous jungle of the Sierra Maestra, Carmela meets Ignacio Deheza, a charismatic Argentinian socialist fighting on behalf of the insurrection. On the training fields of a revolution, they bond in the cause - and in a blind passion that stirs their blood and soul. As Carmela, Ignacio, and Lucas navigate increasingly dangerous political waters, their personal fates become inexorably tied with that of their country. But when the rebellion succumbs to corruption and disillusionment, they’ll find their dedication to the movement tested. For Carmela and Ignacio, they’ll soon discover that it’s their commitment to each other - and the choices they must make to survive - that will be the greatest challenge of all.

©2011 Marcos Aguinis (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved; Translation 2018 © by Carolina De Robertis.

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The 25 Biblical Laws of Partnering with God

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to enter into a business partnership with God? In The 25 Biblical Laws of Partnership with God, William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira reveal that God wants to be a part of not just your spiritual life, but your entire life. God wants to participate in your career, your workplace, and the way you do business. The 25 biblical laws offer a spiritual agenda with practical results, providing answers to such questions as:   How should a Christian act at work?   If the owner of a company is a follower of the Bible, how should they treat their employees and clients?   Should the products sold or the services rendered by a partner of God be special in any way?   In this audiobook, you'll learn how to build a business partnership with God, changes you can make in your work habits, and the laws you should follow to reap the benefits of your partnership with God and others.

©2020 William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira (P)2020 eChristian

Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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Ernesto

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From the first North American scholar permitted to study in residence at Hemingway¬ís beloved Cuban home comes a radically new understanding of ¬ďPapa¬ís¬Ē life in Cuba. Ernest Hemingway first landed in Cuba in 1928. In some ways he never left. After a decade of visiting regularly, he settled near Coj√≠mar - a tiny fishing village east of Havana - and came to think of himself as Cuban. His daily life among the common people there taught him surprising lessons, and inspired the novel that would rescue his declining career. That book, The Old Man and the Sea, won him a Pulitzer and, one year later, a Nobel Prize. In a rare gesture of humility, Hemingway announced to the press that he accepted the coveted Nobel ¬ďas a citizen of Coj√≠mar.¬Ē In Ernesto, Andrew Feldman uses his unprecedented access to newly available archives to tell the full story of Hemingway¬ís self-professed Cuban-ness: his respect for Coj√≠mar fishermen, his long-running affair with a Cuban lover, the warmth of his adoptive Cuban family, the strong influences on his work by Cuban writers, his connections to Cuban political figures and celebrities, his denunciation of American imperial ambitions, and his enthusiastic role in the revolution.¬† With a focus on the island¬ís violent political upheavals and tensions that pulled Hemingway between his birthplace and his adopted country, Feldman offers a new angle on our most influential literary figure. Far from being a post-success, pre-suicide exile, Hemingway¬ís decades in Cuba were the richest and most dramatic of his life, and a surprising instance in which the famous American bully sought redemption through his loyalty to the underdog.

©2018 Andrew Feldman (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
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The Drone Pursuit

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When your dad funds the Swift Academy of Science and Technology, you’re bound to have a bunch of tech at your disposal. So no one bats an eye when Tom and his best friend, Noah, test their new virtual reality drone before class. At the academy, once class starts and the drone is parked, their brainiac friends then launch into farfetched discussions about the curriculum. And when they watch a documentary about the FBI’s most wanted hackers from the '80s, they quickly start speculating that the academy custodian is one of them. At first, Tom dismisses the idea as another one of his friends’ conspiracy theories. But using their new drone, he spies the custodian acting suspiciously around school. As Tom and his friends search for evidence that the custodian is the missing hacker, the signs become impossible to ignore when Tom gets threatening messages that warn him away from investigating. And when someone releases a virus in the school servers, all bets are off as the adjoining servers at tech giant Swift Enterprises come under fire. Can Tom and his friends uncover the true culprit before it’s too late? 

©2019 Victor Appleton (P)2019 Oasis Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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The Virtual Vandal

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Tom and his friends attend a science camp in this fourth novel in Tom Swift Inventors’ Academy - perfect for fans of The Hardy Boys or Alex Rider. Every year, Swift Academy students go to a nearby summer camp to field-test their inventions. Tom and his friends have been working hard on all their projects, but they’re most thrilled about Noah’s new virtual reality simulation. They can’t wait for it to go live, and everyone is looking forward to running tests at the camp. Nothing dulls their excitement, not even when a mysterious prankster starts messing with people’s inventions. But things take a nosedive when the pranks turn into vandalism. To make matters worse, clues point to Tom’s friend, Sam, as the one responsible. With Sam’s reputation and student projects on the line, it’s up to Tom and his friends to unmask the true vandal. And when Noah’s simulation enters the arena, they quickly discover they’re not the only ones meeting in virtual reality....

©2020 Victor Appleton (P)2020 Oasis Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
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All This Time

2 ratings

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From the team behind number one New York Times best seller Five Feet Apart comes a gripping new romance that asks: Can you find true love after losing everything? Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends - literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.  Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.  As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.  And he’s right.

©2020 Mikki Daughtry (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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The Double Life of Fidel Castro

3 ratings

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In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba. Responsible for protecting the lider maximo for two decades, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez was party to his secret life - because everything around Castro was hidden. From the ghost town in which guerrillas from several continents were trained, to his immense personal fortune - including a huge property portfolio, a secret paradise island, and seizure of public money - as well as his relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners. Sanchez's tell-all exposé reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers. This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.

©2014 Juan Reinaldo Sanchez. Translation © 2015 by Catherine Spencer. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Against the Inquisition

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¬ď[A] stirring song of freedom.¬Ē - Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa From a renowned prize-winning Argentinian author comes a historical novel based on the true story of one man¬ís faith, spirit, and resistance during the Spanish Inquisition in Latin America. Born in sixteenth-century Argentina, Francisco Maldonado da Silva is nine years old when he sees his father, Don Diego, arrested one harrowing afternoon because of his beliefs. Raised in a family practicing its Jewish faith in secret under the condemning eyes of the Spanish Inquisition, Francisco embarks on a personal quest that will challenge, enlighten, and forever change him. He completes his education in a monastery; he reads the Bible; he dreams of reparation; he dedicates his life to science, developing a humanistic approach and becoming one of the first accredited medical doctors in Latin America; and most of all, he longs to reconnect with his father in Lima, Per√ļ, the City of Kings. So begins Francisco¬ís epic journey to fight for his true faith, to embrace his past, and to draw from his father¬ís indomitable strength in the face of unimaginable persecution. But the arm of the Holy Inquisition is an intractable one. As it reaches for Francisco, he sheds his mask to defend his freedom. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, he will prove that while the body can be broken, the spirit fights back, endures, and survives.

©1991 Marcos Aguinis (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2018 by Carolina De Robertis.

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Macho Time

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Raised in 1970s Spanish Harlem, Hector Camacho lived a life as fast as his fists flew in the ring. Handsome, flamboyant, and outspoken, Camacho electrified the boxing scene of the 1980s and, shouting his mantra "Macho Time!", beat some of the greatest fighters of his generation.  His fast-lane life caught up with him eventually - and tragically - when he was shot dead outside a nightclub in Puerto Rico at the age of 50. Macho Time is written by Christian Giudice, author of Hands of Stone, the definitive biography of Roberto Duran, which was made into the motion picture of the same name starring Robert De Niro.  Macho Time will be the first biography of Hector Camacho Sr., who lived a life as fast as his fists flew in the ring. Camacho's son, Hector Camacho Jr., also a professional boxer, has worked closely with author Christian Giudice to give him unprecedented access and insight into this complex man, who was tragically murdered in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2012.

©2020 Christian Giudice; foreword copyright 2020 by Carlos Acevedo (P)2020 Tantor

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The Displaced

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In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge. Introduction ¬© 2018 by Viet Thanh Nguyen. ¬ďLast, First, Middle¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Joseph Azam; ¬ďCommon Story¬Ē ¬© 2018 by David Bezmozgis;¬ďFlesh and Sand¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Fatima Bhutto; ¬ďPerspective¬Ē and ¬ďWhat Gets Lost¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Thi Bui; ¬ďHow Succulent Food Defeated Trump¬ís Wall Before It Has Been Built¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Ariel Dorfman; ¬ďGuests of the Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa¬Ē ¬© by 2018 Lev Golinkin; ¬ďThe Parent Who Stays¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Reyna Grande; ¬ďTo Walk in Their Shoes¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Meron Hadero; ¬ďGod¬ís Fate¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Aleksandar Hemon; ¬ďSecond Country¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Joseph Kertes; ¬ď13 Ways of Being an Immigrant¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Porochista Khakpour; ¬ďRefugees and Exiles¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Marina Lewycka; ¬ďThis Is What the Journey Does¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Maaza Mengiste; ¬ďThe Ungrateful Refugee¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Dina Nayeri; ¬ďA Refugee Again¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Vu Tran; ¬ďNew Lands, New Selves¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma; ¬ďRefugee Children: The Yang Warriors¬Ē ¬© 2018 by Kao Kalia Yang. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Harry N. Abrams, Inc (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Shifting Shadows

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Herman Mendoza built his kingdom in Queens, New York. He made a fortune selling cocaine with his brothers up and down the Eastern Seaboard. He had apartments around the city for his mistresses and a home in the Poconos for his beautiful nuclear family. But when he and his brothers were busted in a large-scale crackdown, his kingdom crumbled. Ready to kill himself rather than live behind bars, Herman instead came face-to-face with the all-consuming love of God. He would never be the same. Today, Herman shares his story at every opportunity, knowing that it may play a part in someone else's journey into a relationship with Jesus. An engaging and fast-paced book, Shifting Shadows offers hope to those in despair, and shows all of us the lengths to which God will go to bring a troubled soul home. Also available in Spanish as Sombras cambiantes.

©2020 Herman A. Mendoza (P)2020 eChristian

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The Enoch Effect

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Insurance litigator Leigh Collins has a knack for turning up that missing e-mail that wins the day or breaking down complex facts to sway a jury. So she's hoping to make partner with her latest case: cancer researcher Dr. Elijah Rhodes and his life's work are lost in a lab fire, and Biosolutions looks to cash in on a $100 million policy. Unfortunately, she's up against Daniel Rubinelli, assistant general counsel for the biotech giant, who has a personal vendetta against cancer. In court, Leigh and Daniel clash from the beginning, ensuring a grueling case. But soon greater concerns emerge. The late doctor might have found a "kill switch" for cancer cells - potentially wiping cancer off the face of the earth. While most of his findings were lost in the fire, he likely backed up his data, though encrypted beyond recovery. Now, in this edge-of-your-seat thriller, two contentious lawyers must set aside their differences to locate the research before the doctor's greatest discovery falls into the wrong hands...and the secret to life ends in death.

©2017 Rick Acker (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Author: Rick Acker
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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